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insurrection

noun in·sur·rec·tion \ˌin(t)-sə-ˈrek-shən\

: a usually violent attempt to take control of a government

Full Definition of INSURRECTION

:  an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government
in·sur·rec·tion·al \-shnəl, -shə-nəl\ adjective
in·sur·rec·tion·ary \-shə-ˌner-ē\ adjective or noun
in·sur·rec·tion·ist \-sh(ə-)nist\ noun

Examples of INSURRECTION

  1. <the famous insurrection of the slaves in ancient Rome under Spartacus>

Origin of INSURRECTION

Middle English insureccion, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin insurrection-, insurrectio, from insurgere
First Known Use: 15th century

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